Louis I. Woolf
now approaching 90 years of age (April 2011) was one of the first to distinguish phenylketonuria and to develop low protein food supplements for infants which enabled them to lead a normal life. He lives in Vancouver. He is the brother of actor Henry Woolf who is also an Old Boy of Hackney Downs.J Med Screen. 2009;16(4):205-11. doi: 10.1258/jms.2009.009062.
The contributions of Louis I Woolf to the treatment, early diagnosis and understanding of phenylketonuria.
Alonso-Fernández JR1, Colón C.
Early diagnosis of phenylketonuria (PKU) became a goal worth pursuing following demonstration of the efficacy of the dietary treatment conceived by Louis I Woolf. This paper narrates the history of this treatment, describes Woolf’s role in the establishment of neonatal PKU screening and surveys his other contributions to our understanding of this condition. If Woolf, Centerwall, Baird and Berry had waited until all the scientific evidence about PKU that is now at our disposal had been brought to light, there would still be no neonatal screening programmes.